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Injuries Suffered While Operating Machines

Dangerous machinery is a huge risk to employees and can cause numerous work accidents. 

There are several types of machinery that can cause harm, so it is important you understand how they work and how to go about claiming compensation if you do have an accident at work.

Machines can be very dangerous so employers are required by law to take the necessary measures to ensure you are safe around them.

Employer's duty to protect

You are at risk from numerous injuries when operating machines especially your hands. Your employers must provide you with enough protection, assistance and training to try and prevent any accidents from occurring. The same can be said for all types of machine related injuries, you should be provided with goggles if your eyes are in danger from any loose parts flying off the machine, you should have protective clothing in case of spillages and even have protective barriers if there are any hazardous parts coming of the machine. If anything may seem dangerous to you which you are not sure about it is advised you seek your employer for help.

Typical compensation amounts for dangerous machinery injuries

Injuries to your hands are rather common when operating machinery, and compensation is constantly being awarded for various injuries. Here are some examples of the best likely rewards for common injuries;

  • fracturing your thumb: £2,500
  • minor crush to hand with recovery within few months: £2,800
  • loss of little finger: £8,000
  • loss of middle finger: £10,000
  • loss of index finger: £12,000
  • loss of thumb: £35,000

Compensation for injuries caused by defective machinery

It is important to know what work equipment is defined as and how it may be faulty or defective. You should also be aware of how your employer may be responsible and how to make a claim based on faulty equipment. Information will also be provided on who you should turn to and the best type of solicitor to use to make sure you get all of the compensation you deserve.

Work equipment includes any machines, tools or devices such as elevators, which help you carry out your job. A defective work equipment compensation claim can be made if the equipment does not work or if the defect causes you an injury.

When making a claim, all you have to do is show how the equipment you were given was faulty and that you suffered an injury as a result. Although your employer is responsible for your injuries, it is important to know that you do not have to prove that your employer was at fault but just show the defect. This is known as ‘strict liability’. So no matter how new your equipment is, how recently it was serviced or how well it was maintained, if it has a defect then you may be entitled to make a claim in compensation.

The amount of compensation to receive will depend on your case but will also depend on your solicitor. To obtain the best results and claim the maximum amount of compensation the way to claim is to use a specialist work related accident solicitor. If you are successful you will also be able to claim the costs spent on your solicitor.

Compensation for injuries sustained while operating a forklift truck

Compensation claims can be made for injury caused by defective maintenance or operation of a forklift truck. There are numerous types of forklift truck used so it is important to know whether the type of truck you use can claim compensation for an accident which was due to a defect.

A common truck used is the pallet truck. The pallets are wooden structures to help transport heavy items. Counterbalance trucks are vital for transporting heavy objects as the truck will lift from the front. Therefore a substantial counterbalance is needed to ensure it doesn’t topple over. Side loader, telescopic and bin tipping trucks are also widely used in the workplace. These consist of many attachments on the truck which depend on what is being transported. Another type is a high low loader, which is simply used to raise and lower heavy objects.

The injuries you can suffer as a result of forklift accidents also vary. Types of injuries include:

  • Crushing injuries – due to the carelessness of the driver trucks can easily end up crushing parts of your body. If trucks have had a mishap due to a defect or not being properly maintained, it will strengthen your claim for compensation.
  • Back injuries – neck, back and spine injuries are very common when the truck you are operating does not have any suspension or if you have been working on an uneven surface. If your employer did not attempt to help the conditions you should claim for compensation.
  • Inadequate training – if you have any injuries or accidents due to not being fully trained, your employer will be responsible. Full training is usually represented by a valid licence.
  • Fatal injuries – in the awful and rare case of a death, your family can claim compensation. A death is usually a result of impact to the head.